Title: Spy Glass (#3 in the Glass Series)
Author: Maria V. Snyder
Reviewer: Dana of Talking in All Caps
I've read a few books by Maria V. Snyder before. The first one, Poison Study, was fantastic. I mean fucking fantastic (I'm not quite as good as Katie about including swears in my writing. I'm much better when talking. Just ask my husband).
But the third book in the Glass series... well here's the review I originally wrote.
"Seriously? The fuck."
Now, I can see that might not be especially helpful as a review. But it does have the benefit of not including any spoilers.
My expanded review on the other hand, does include spoilers. So if you feel the need to read this book spoiler-free, you should stop reading now.
The main character in Spy Glass, Opal, is often pretty badass, but is also unsure of herself and what she wants to do with her life. Most of the plot is decent - who doesn't love some magic, adventure and romance? Well I do anyhow. I have no complaints about the magic and adventure, but the romance on the other hand...
It started out okay. Opal is involved with Ulrick and Kade (at separate times), and they are both good. Then Ulrick's soul is swapped with Devlin, a man who had previously tortured her. She ends up sleeping with him even though she hadn't actually slept with her boyfriend when he had his own soul in his body.
Opal ends up finding out about the switch and Devlin (in Ulrick's body) tortures her, and is generally just fucking awful. Eventually their souls get switched back. Devlin loses his magic and is no longer driven by the sickness that caused him to torture Opal in the past.
At this point in the book, I was wondering whether it would be possible to get over the fact the person you loved had been hurting you, even if you know that it wasn't their soul in their body while they were doing it. I was leaning towards no.
But what actually happens is so much worse. Without his magic, Devlin has turned into a 'nice guy' who is madly in love with Opal. Opal discovers that she has feelings for him. For the man who fucking tortured her. For real.
I was willing to accept Opal being a little confused and making some really crazy mistakes. At this point, I still expected it to turn around and for her to come to her senses.
But no! She ends up MARRYING Devlin and tossing aside her awesome boyfriend Kade for basically no reason. But that's okay, because Kade ends up being totally cool with it. For some reason. All of her friends seem fine with this too. Because she has the worst friends ever, apparently.
This seems to be taking forgiveness and understanding a bit too far. And she tells her mom all about his 'colorful past' and she gets over everything in about 2 hours. Like it is no big deal.
Editor's Note: I have problems with this on so many levels. I cannot stand the "bad guy turned good" trope in literature. If someone physically hurts you, that is not okay, and even if he is remorseful, you should get the fuck out. Opal needs a psychologist and some new friends. The end. - Katie
Full disclosure: Dana got this book from the library because libraries are fucking awesome.